Monthly Archives:February 2015

Staff Spotlight: Kory

Posted by February 25, 2015 • Share:

Kory will be a Counselor and Assistant Soccer Coach this summer!

Kory Silberg is a 23 year old Pittsburgh, PA native. He recently graduated from Denison University in Granville, OH where he majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Geo Science.

Kory - photoKory loves outdoor activities and sports and has coached and refereed many age groups.  He coached alongside MLS coaches as well as professional street soccer coaches from England, Ireland, and Belgium. His younger brother is on his way to stardom, playing for the Philadelphia Union MLS academy program. Kory loves to coach, teach, and help others learn and progress.

Beginning his soccer career at a young age, Kory played youth travel soccer and then joined his first academy/club team at the age of 12. Since then he has played for several different clubs in the Tri-State Area as well as for his High School team. Kory was eventually named captain during his senior year in High School, a season that ended with one loss overall — a loss in the playoffs, ending their dream season early. Kory then went on to play for Denison University’s Men’s Varsity soccer program.

As a child, Kory had the privilege to travel around the US and to many countries such Spain, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, and Egypt. Kory originally had his Bar Mitzvah in Pittsburgh at his synagogue, later traveling to Israel with his family to become a Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. While in Israel, they visited cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Ellat, Jericho, and Arad and also did an archaeological dig, parasailed, went SCUBA diving in Egypt and visited their uncle who owns an orchard near the border of Jordan.

In addition to soccer, Kory enjoys hiking, skiing, skateboarding, drawing, music, field sports, paintball, art, and agriculture. Kory is a certified SCUBA diver, a black belt in Taekwondo, and a certified U.S. soccer referee.

Staff Spotlight: Mikaela

Posted by February 19, 2015 • Share:

Mikaela will be Counselor and Assistant Basketball Coach this summer!

Mikaela Freundlich is a native of the Basque Country of Spain. She recently graduated from Denison University in Granville, OH and is currently working as an intern at the Public Health department at UC San Diego. She is planning on pursuing a Master’s in Public Health next year, and in the meantime, she is very excited to help coach basketball and lead various activities at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp this summer!

MikaelaMikaela has been playing basketball since third grade. She played in her high school Varsity team, earning provincial championships all four years. She was also selected to play in the all-region Basque team two years in a row, coming in second both years in the Spanish National Championship. Additionally, Mikaela played Varsity basketball all four years of college at Denison, and was named captain of the team her senior year. Now that competitive collegiate basketball is over, Mikaela continues to scrimmage with her friends and is also taking different kinds of yoga classes, including Hatha, alignment-based, acrobatic, and aerial yoga.

Being a camper herself in the past, Mikaela is most certainly aware of what makes camp fun and memorable. Her experiences in Nike overnight basketball camps have taught her that coaches and counselors play a crucial role in creating not only an enjoyable environment, but also an unforgettable experience. Friendship, respect, teamwork, discipline, and hard work are some of the many important values that she has learned from her coaches and counselors in camp as well as throughout her basketball career. With this terrific opportunity as a coach/counselor, she would like to implement these values on the campers, always keeping in mind that the goal is to have a good time.

Teaching is also one of Mikaela’s passions, as she has taught English to pre-teens and teenagers, tutored Spanish and Psychology to college students, and has been a Teaching Assistant for a college-level Spanish class. Although her academic future is yet to be determined, one of her options is to become a college professor. Education is an inspiring tool that Mikaela believes has the power to change people’s lives for the better, which is part of the reason why she is pumped to be a part of camp this summer!

Preparing Your Child for Overnight Camp

Posted by February 6, 2015 • Share:

Is your child attending overnight camp for the first time this summer?  If so, don’t fret; it’s normal for parents to be a tiny bit nervous about their children going to camp for the first time.  There are some things that you, as parents, can do to help prepare your child for their first camp experience.

Veteran camp director and parent herself, Toni Davison Levenberg, of Camp Interlaken JCC in Wisconsin, wrote the following article to help parents help their children get ready for camp.

This article was originally posted on the JCC Camps blog under the title “Tips from JCC Camp Directors”.

Getting Your Child Ready for Camp





Join us for the Super Run

Posted by February 3, 2015 • Share:

Join us for the Super Run on March 28!

On Saturday, March 28, 2015 we’ll be participating in the Super Run, a family fun run (or walk!) through Crissy Field. The Super Run is not just a regular run/walk, but will enable us all to:







All participants will receive a cape, t-shirt, and a post-run brunch.

If you’re interested in running, walking, fundraising, and/or volunteering, click here to register and select “JCC Maccabi Sports Camp” as your team.  If you don’t want to run but want to support our camp scholarship fund, click here to donate.

We hope you’ll join us for this day of family, fun, and camp community!

Super Run Logo Final

 Email with any questions.